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A Chinese Export Armorial Plate for the Portuguese Market Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1765 | 清乾隆 約1765年 粉彩紋章圖盤

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A Chinese Export Armorial Plate for the Portuguese Market Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1765 | 清乾隆 約1765年 粉彩紋章圖盤

A Chinese Export Armorial Plate for the Portuguese Market Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1765 | 清乾隆 約1765年 粉彩紋章圖盤

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1,000 - 1,500 USD

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1,638

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Property from the Speed Art Museum, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund

A Chinese Export Armorial Plate for the Portuguese Market

Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1765

清乾隆 約1765年 粉彩紋章圖盤


painted at the rim with the arms of Dom Gaspar de Saldanha de Albuquerque, and the rim inscribed with SALDANHA and DEAL BU QUER QUE

width 9 1/8 in.; 23.2 cm

There is a hairline extending from the rim 3/4 the width of the plate which as been consolidated and stabilized with staples. Otherwise with minor surface wear and expected firing imperfections overall, including some firing lines to the underside of the cavetto.


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Collection of Helena Woolworth McCann (1878-1938)
Gift of the Winfield Foundation, 1955
Elaborately decorated and bearing the arms of Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque (c.1719-1771), the design of the present service counts as one of the most iconic and unique dining sets produced in China for the European market. The son of Aires de Saldanha Albuquerque e Castro, the Governor and Captain-General of Rio de Janeiro, Gaspar served the Principal of the Holy Patriarchal Basilica of Lisbon, and the Dean and Reformer of the University of Coimbra from 1757-67. 

A pair of wine coolers is illustrated in A. Varela Santos, Portugal in Porcelain from China: 500 Years of Trade, Vol. II, Lisbon, 2008, cat. no. 5.03, where the author discusses the arms in detail, and speculates that Gaspar had a great interest in hunting in fishing, which gave the inspiration to the service's unique design. A plate is illustrated in Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics: A Collector's Vision, Vol. III, London, 2011, cat. no. 498, and the author in this case believes the service to be a eulogy to fine dining. The author further notes that there are no other dinner services with similar decoration known, and is one of the only few services extant with porcelain as well as painted enamel pieces. 

A selection of examples from this service, is illustrated in John Goldsmith Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain: An Account of Its Historical Background, Manufacture, and Decoration and a Study of the Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Cambridge, 1956, pls 6, 37 and 38.